with Spider Bags
I was incredibly excited for this show...I'd listened to the most
recent Terry Malts album "Killing Time"
nearly non-stop during the month before the band was to come to town, so I was well
primed. I tried talking some friends into going, but like with many of the shows I get most excited about, they were
clueless. Clearly, the world would be a better place if everyone just listened to me and did exactly as I said. Then
again, that would have resulted in a packed, sweaty show, which - while good for the band - ain't as much fun.
Anyways, yadda yadda yadda,
the Terry Malts were really fuckin' awesome live. Their record
sounds like the perfect combination of the Ramones and Jesus & Mary Chain, but live I
didn't hear as much of the chainsaw/shoegaze guitars, and they sounded more akin to the Stiff Little Fingers. They
played pretty much their entire new album, including my favorite track "Waiting Room." No, not Fugazi's "Waiting Room,"
they have a song by the same name. But speaking of covers, they did end their set with a Black Flag classic, "Six
Pack." A lot of the audience sang along...I may or may not have been one of the people singing at the top of my lungs.
Spider Bags were the closers
this evening. I've decided they sound like a modern 13th Floor
Elevators minus the electrified jug. It may not be he best comparison but once I got
it in my head I couldn't get it out. They have a punk vibe and attitude couple with a psyche garage sound and just enough
craziness that you're not currently planning on committing them to the crazy house, but they ain't far off. They are
easily one of the best live bands in the area - a fact that is not debatable - and they were as good as ever on this night.
Like Whatever Brains, words fail this band. Only seeing them play live will really set you straight.
On a side note, this was my
first time seeing the Pinhook's new stage set-up. It might have
even been their first show
in this configuration. It's much, much better...you can lament
the higher stage all you want, but it makes the band easier to see. I like to see the bands. Not sure if the sound was
updated but it's always sounded fine to me there. They now have a much more traditional "rock club" set-up, no more weird
side/corner stage where everyone packs in at the closest side even though there is plenty of room on the other
side. Thumbs up to the Pinhook on the changes.